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Boeing opens new F-15E training center

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Boeing has launched a new F-15E Mission Training Center at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

"The center, Boeing's second overall, will provide air crews with high-fidelity, simulator-based training without the material and personnel costs associated with training on operational aircraft," the company said in a statement Thursday.

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"Opening the second F-15E MTC broadens the base of the advanced training capabilities these centers deliver," said Tony Jones, vice president, Training Systems and Services, a division of IDS Support Systems. "The U.S. Air Force's 4th Fighter Wing will use the system for introductory, operational and continuation training of all F-15E unit squadrons."

"The training center provides two high-fidelity, dual-cockpit F-15E simulators with a 360-degree visual system, a robust synthetic environment as well as instructor/operator and brief/debrief stations," Boeing said.

"The simulators, enhanced with a head-tracked area-of-interest display visual system, can be operated individually or linked to provide two- or four-ship training within the MTC. They also can be linked locally with two medium-fidelity F-15E Manned Combat Stations to allow local four-ship training. After a few months of operation, the MTC will join the Air Force's Distributed Mission Operations -- DMO -- training network," the company said.

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Boeing said it "supports this training capability with several key products, including the Visual Integrated Display System, Manned Combat Stations and the Big Tac Combat Environment Server."

Boeing said it "also provides the key network elements to enable local networked and long-haul networked training. Lockheed Martin provides the instructor/operator station, the non-combatant natural environment system and electro optical/infrared imaging system along with the geographic databases. SAIC provides the brief/debrief station."

"Under the F-15E MTC contract, Boeing will open an additional F-15E MTC site in the near future at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in (Britain). Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and Seymour Johnson each will receive a second F-15E MTC in 2008," the company said.

Boeing said it had "delivered and currently operates six Air Force F-15C MTCs around the globe and is the prime contractor for the F-15E and F-16 MTC contracts. Boeing also is integrating the F-22 Raptor into the DMO training network."

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